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Issue Statements

1. ASSISTANCE TO THE POOR.  Funding in Maryland’s budget should be maintained, and when necessary, increased to provide low-income residents access to basic necessities, such as food, housing, and healthcare. 

2. ABORTION. Maryland is one of four States to voluntarily direct state Medicaid funds to pay for all or most medically necessary abortions. The Maryland General Assembly should pass legislation to restrict the use of taxpayer dollars for abortion.

3. IMMIGRATION. Maryland should prioritize protecting family unity by passing legislation that, except for cases involving individuals with serious criminal records, limits the participation of local law agencies in federal immigration enforcement efforts.

4. K-12 EDUCATIONAL OPTIONS. The State of Maryland should continue to expand existing funding to provide scholarships for low-income students who wish to attend the K-12 nonpublic school best suited for their educational needs.  

5. PHYSICIAN-ASSISTED SUICIDE BAN. In 1999, the Maryland General Assembly passed legislation making it a felony for an individual to assist in another individual’s suicide.  Maryland should uphold the law in its current form and reject legislation to legalize the practice of physician-assisted suicide.

Candidate Survey 2018: Governor

Every election year, the Maryland Catholic Conference surveys the state’s candidates for Maryland Governor about their positions regarding issues of interest to Catholics. The responses of the Democratic and Republican primary candidates are below. The candidates were asked to either “Agree” or “Disagree” with a list of issue statements (see left side of this page). "Did Not Respond" to a statement means the candidate did not choose a position on that issue. Candidates were also given the opportunity to provide a brief statement at the end of the survey on why Maryland Catholics should vote for them. 

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Office
Party
Last Name
10 records found
Rushern L. III Baker (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Valerie Ervin (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Ralph Jaffe (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Ben Jealous (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

James Jones (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Rich Madaleno (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance:
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: X
3. Immigration:
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: X
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: X

Comments:

I ask all Maryland Catholics for their support - a Madaleno-Jenkins administration will reflect the values of caring and compassion that have animated Catholics worldwide. No gubernatorial candidate has demonstrated the commitment to social justice as I have. As a Jesuit-educated student at Georgetown Prep, service, self-sacrifice and intellectual exploration are ingrained in how I have performed as an elected official.

Alec Ross (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Jim Shea (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance:
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: X
3. Immigration:
4. K-12 Tuition Aid:
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban:

Comments:

As a practicing Catholic, I have always believed that we have a duty to serve those around us. That is what I have tried to do throughout my life, and that is what I want to do as Governor. I want to invest in a public education system that gives every child the opportunity they deserve to succeed. I want to improve our transportation systems so that people can get to work quickly and reliably. And, I want to create an inclusive economy that in which every citizen can participate and flourish.

Krish O'Mara Vignarajah (D)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance:
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: X
3. Immigration:
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: X
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: X

Comments:

I grew up in deeply religious family where tenets of faith, service to those less fortunate, and hard work guided everything we do. My parents served as Maryland public school teachers, I served as Michelle Obama’s Policy Director, and my husband (a devout Catholic) leads the National Wildlife Federation. I am running for Governor to ensure every child receives a quality education, every Maryland family has access to affordable quality healthcare, and every Marylander can find a well-paying job.

Larry Hogan (R) (*)
Governor

1. Poverty Assistance: Did Not Respond
2. Abortion Funding Restrictions: Did Not Respond
3. Immigration: Did Not Respond
4. K-12 Tuition Aid: Did Not Respond
5. Physician-Assisted Suicide Ban: Did Not Respond

Comments:

Did Not Respond

Key

Candidate information abreviation meaning listed below.

R = Republican
D = Democrat

(*) = Incumbent

✔ = Agree
X = Disagree